A Daughter's Love : Thomas and Margaret More Paperback
by John Guy
This book will break open a secret. It is a gripping tale of love, loyalty and domestic happiness that came to be overwhelmed by the forces of ambition, deceit and treachery, from the award-winning author of 'My Heart is My Own: The Life of Mary, Queen of Scots'.
The life of Sir Thomas More is familiar to many. His opposition to Henry VIII's marriage to Anne Boleyn, his arrest for treason in 1534, his virtuoso defence at his trial and his execution in 1535 (and subsequent martyrdom) make up one of the most famous stories in British history.
While More's place in history is secure, Margaret, his daughter, has been almost forgotten.
She was airbrushed out of the story, even though she played a leading role in this very public drama.
During More's imprisonment in the Tower of London, Margaret became his sole intermediary with the outside world.
She visited frequently, and the pair wrote long and loving letters to one another.
Margaret also smuggled more inflammatory letters in and out of the Tower during these visits, and it is through these that we see a dramatic new portrait of Sir Thomas More emerge. In this enlightening new book, John Guy returns to original sources that have been ignored by generations of historians, and re-writes a story that we think we already know.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 400 pages, Illustrations, 1 map
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
- Publication Date: 30/04/2009
- Category: Biography: historical, political & military
- ISBN: 9780007192328
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Review by andrewcorser
I enjoyed this book - especially after reading Wolf Hall (although that is fiction) as it gave a different perspective on Thomas More. I guess I need to see A Man for All Seasons...
Review by bookwoman247
This was a very readable biography of Sir Thomas More and, incidentally, of his daughter, Margaret Roper. I say incidentally, because she was treated with more depth than other family members and other background characters, but nto with nearly the same depth as More, the author of Utopia.I really liked Guy's More. He was witty, jolly, fun-loving, socially conscious, and a loving family man. However, after I'd finished the book, and had a bit of time to digest what I'd read, I realized that he was the same person who condemned many people to horrible deaths as heretics. I couldn't help but think that his own fate at the hands of Henry VIII was a perfect example of poetic justice.I really did find this a fascinating read. More was definitely an interesting man who was a deep thinker and very highly principled, although holding too tightly to those same principles led him to commit terrible acts, and, ulitmately, was his undoing.